“She was one of the first women thought to have a full career, and she paid a very heavy price for it,” Rossellini, 63, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.
As Bergman rose to fame with roles in iconic films such as Casablanca, the actress quickly learned the downside of being in the public eye and found her personal life thrust into the spotlight.
For much more from Isabella Rossellini on her mother Ingrid Bergman, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
After making headlines following a scandalous affair and unexpected pregnancy, Bergman was denounced on the U.S. Senate floor for immorality, divorced and locked in a custody battle over her daughter with her ex-husband.
“My mother was not able to see Pia for many years because of the divorce,” says Rossellini. “It was totally traumatic.”
But even through personal turmoil, Bergman continued thrive as an actress, earning three Oscars throughout her career.
Now, 33 years after Bergman’s death, Rossellini says she has discovered the same “joy for life” that her mother once did through acting.
Rossellini stars as Robert De Niro‘s girlfriend in the buzzed-about movie Joy (out Dec. 25) and can be seen in the new documentary about her mother’s life, Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words.